LOS ANGELES -- The Miami Heat's James Jones beat Boston's Ray Allen and Paul Pierce to win the Three-Point Contest, part of the NBA's All-Star Saturday Night at Staples Center.
Jones scored 20 points in the final to win in his first year of participation in the event.
Pierce was first to go and posted 18 points in the traditional three-point contest setup -- five stations of five balls spread around the arc, with one the final ball at each station being worth two points.
Jones then eclipsed Pierce's mark to set the stage for Allen, who recently became the NBA's all-time leader in made three-pointers. But Allen wasn't able to pull out the win, falling well short.
Those three advanced to the final from a field of six that included Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant, Cleveland's Daniel Gibson, and Golden State's Dorell Wright. Allen set a first-round high of 20 points, while Jones had 16. Pierce only advanced to the final after sinking his final two-point ball with the one-minute clock running out.
Prior to the three-point contest on Saturday night were the Skills and Shooting Stars competitions.
Golden State second-year guard Stephen Curry won the Skills Challenge, beating Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook in the final.
The format required the players to diplay a variety of skills. In between making a layup and dunk, they had to dribble around obstacles, and make a chest pass, bounce pass, three-pointer, and outlet pass.
Curry completed the circuit in 29.2 seconds in the final, performing nearly flawlessly. Westbrook got stuck at some of the passes, finishing in 44.2 seconds.
Curry and Westbrook advanced to the final after posting the top two times in the first round, beating Chicago's Derrick Rose, Washington's John Wall, and New Orleans' Chris Paul.
The Atlanta team won the Shooting Stars event, which pitted four teams of three against each other.
The squads -- Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Texas -- were made up of one WNBA player, one current NBA player, and one retired NBA player. The event had two rounds, and required the teams to make six shots of increasing difficulty in order, ending from half-court. The two fastest teams from the first round advanced to the second.
Atlanta, made up of Hawks center Al Horford, the Dream's Coco Miller, and former Hawks guard Steve Smith, was the first team to go and completed the circuit in 47.6 seconds.
It was good enough to clinch a berth in the second round, after Chicago made all the shots in 1:06, while Los Angeles did it in 55.8 seconds.
Texas, the defending champion, advanced after completing the circuit in 31.8 seconds. Former Houston Rocket and current NBA analyst Kenny Smith drilled his first halfcourt attempt to stop the clock.
In the second and final round, Atlanta stopped the clock at 1:10 after Horford made the halfcourt shot. Texas, which also included Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki and Silver Stars guard Roneeka Hodges, couldn't sink the halfcourt shot in time.
The All-Star Saturday Night wraps up with a much-anticipated Dunk Contest featuring Clippers rookie superstar Blake Griffin.